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7 things teachers want you to know

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Kathy Herman teaches fifth grade at Baldwin Elementary School in Quincy.

She says there are many factors that contribute to a student's success.

"One of the things I think all teachers want parents to know and the community is that we want their involvement. We'd love for them to be involved as much as they can...it takes a village so we really appreciate when parents get involved," Herman said.

Two: Communicate.

"I think all of us would like parents to communicate with us. Communication needs to be two-way. We need to work as a team. We welcome questions. If there is a problem, we want them to call us immediately. We want to take care of things early on for the benefit of the student," said Herman.

Three: It's important to remember that no one is perfect.

"One of the things parents…maybe they don't think about…is that teachers make mistakes. We often make mistakes and we bounce back from those and do the best that we can. We're not perfect by any means and we don't always know...we don't know their child as well as they do. We need input from them," stressed Herman.

Four: Get into a routine.

"I know all teachers probably like for parents to establish some type of a routine which I know many do so they can get the rest that they need when school starts," Herman suggested.

Five: Plan ahead.

"Just check the planners at night," agreed Herman.

Six: Be sure to keep an eye on your child's grades online.

"That’s wonderful for parents to be able to go on and access to see if any assignments are missing. What their child's grade is at that point. To keep on top of things," Herman exclaimed.

And seven: Try to be open and accepting.

"We need to give all the teachers a chance to get started. They're going to do great things," Herman said.

When in doubt, communicate and give your child's teacher a chance.

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